Mourinho on Ibrahimovic: It's not something urgent

Arguably one of the best players in the Premier League last season, Heaton played a pivotal role in Burnley's survival in the top-flight.

This time around, however, pre-season preparations have unfolded with minimal fuss and Mourinho has a squad at his disposal that, bit by bit, is starting to resemble the glorious sides he managed in the past.

While United will remain vigilant in the transfer market right up until deadline day, Mourinho is losing faith in their ability to do a deal and says he is ready to use his existing options instead. "I worked in three other leagues apart from the English one and every opponent gives you a hard time but we are involved in four competitions".

"The Premier League is what you all know", he told a news conference ahead of United's opening match against West Ham on Sunday.

The Portuguese manager won the league title in his second full season in charge of FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea again, and feels the sequence can continue. Yes, they've lost some players too, but they still have the prolific Sergio Aguero and have a squad capable of challenging in the Premier League and Champions League. Mkhitaryan is far less effective out wide in a 4-3-3, and Mourinho's patience is going to run out.

The 35-year-old Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals before a serious knee injury brought his first season at Old Trafford to a halt in April. "We needed to do that because four or five players were out of contract". It is going to be the same for everybody.

Ederson is now expected to step in as Pep Guardiola's first-choice 'keeper at City following Claudio Bravo's underwhelming debut season, for which he was widely criticised by fans and pundits alike.

Even with Keane and Stam, Irwin and Neville, Ferguson's team were more defensively porous than mid-table Aston Villa.

The 23-year-old's £35m transfer fee surpasses the previous world-record £32.6m paid by Juventus to Parma in 2001 to bring Gianluigi Buffon to Turin. "Kyle is so energetic, Mendy is such an energetic player, and Danilo too".

Liverpool - The Reds have added Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke, but they haven't signed nearly enough players to be challenging for the title.

Romelu Lukaku looks to be the physical presence with a goal-scoring pedigree needed to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic in attack.

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